Akshay Kumar’s action comedy Boss, set to hit the screens on October 16, turns the spotlight on relationships. The actor talks about the importance of script, the end of the era of superstars, his upcoming films and more. Harshikaa Udasi listens in

Either he is trying to show who the Boss is or he is too exasperated with the queries being bounced off him (ranging from ‘Why aren’t you romancing anyone in Boss?’ to ‘Why did you push your co-star to hit the gym?’), but clearly Akshay Kumar is no mood for inane talk. The actor, who is teaming up with Anthony D’Souza for the second time (their first, Blue, was a disaster), hits back with “I couldn’t have created a girl to romance with” and “When did encouraging someone to exercise become a punishment?”

When not dealing with the mundane, Akshay comes across as an actor who senses the pulse of the audience — his last outing, the flop Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara notwithstanding. Akshay says that he expects a great deal from his Hindi remake of the hit Mammootty film Pokkiri Raja as it has the right ingredients to become a complete entertainer. “The original film is great. There are 12 action sequences and it’s a great story about relationships — between two brothers, between father and son. In fact, I liked the father-son equation; it hasn’t been dealt with enough in cinema. I have tried to give this relationship space in my earlier films — Ek Rishta, Waqt and Jaanwar — too. I shared a great relationship with my father, and feel fathers are not given their due. I can’t remember any song, except one in Daddy, which is an ode to the father,” says the actor, who has two children.

Boss, releasing on October 16, is about an illegitimate son (Akshay) abandoned by his high-on-principles father (Mithun Chakraborty) who fights an oppressive cop (Ronit Roy) to rescue his brother (Shiv Pandit). Danny Denzongpa essays an important role as Akshay’s mentor. While speaking to the media, Akshay shared the dais with his much younger co-star Shiv and praised him to the skies. “I see myself in Shiv really. I am handholding him just as I would have loved someone to do when I entered the industry. Of course, I have to thank Pramod Chakravorty for supporting me (the director gave him his first break, Deedar, in 1992).”

The actor says the term ‘A-list actors’ seems to be fading out. “There are no superstars now. Those days are gone when films worked only on the name of a big star. Today, script is big. The sooner we realise it the better. Talented actors have taken good scripts to another level altogether. There is no artiste who is small today,” he says.

Akshay is quite excited about his upcoming films, especially A. R. Murugadoss’ Holiday with Sonakshi Sinha. It is again a remake, this time of the Tamil film Thuppakki. “I am not at liberty to talk in detail about it, but it is a mind-blowing script. It is about sleeper cells,” he said. While the actor continues to walk the tightrope between masala entertainers and message-driven films, he confesses that the scale tilts towards commercial cinema. “I am doing two out of 10 meaningful films. Personally I would like to act in more films with a message. My production house with Ashwini Yardi, Grazing Goat Pictures, concentrates on message-driven films and will continue to do so.” The actor is also working with Tammannaah Bhatia on It’s Entertainment directed by comic writer duo Sajid-Farhad.

Keywords: Akshay KumarBossHoliday